Dead To The Law


By Al Gordon

Romans 7:1-6

  1. Or do you not know, brethren (for I speak to those who know the law), that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives?
  2. For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband.
  3. So then if, while her husband lives, she marries another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man.
  4. Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another–to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.
  5. For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death.
  6. But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.

The Heidelberg Catechism

Q108: What is God’s will for us in the seventh commandment?
That all uncleanness is accursed of God: and that therefore we must with all our hearts detest the same, and live chastely and temperately, whether in holy wedlock, or in single life. (Eph 5:3-7, Hebrews 13:4)

Q109: Does God, in this commandment, forbid only such scandalous sins as adultery?
Since both our body and soul are temples of the holy Ghost, he commands us to preserve them pure and holy: therefore he forbids all unchaste actions, gestures, words, thoughts, desires, and whatever can entice men thereto. (Matthew 5:27-29)